Operating Systems: Libertarian Thoughts 1.0

January 16, 2007 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Decentralism, Technology | 4 Comments

I just had an article published at www.strike-the-root.com, specifically here: http://www.strike-the-root.com/71/hobbs/hobbs1.html

If you use a computer, this may be worth reading. :)  It’s time to give Linux a try.  No commitments or even much effort is necessary.  Comments can be posted at that website or here.

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  1. Nice article. Systems other than Windows (such as Mac OS, Linux, etc.) are good in theory, and may be useful ‘out of the box’, but the motivations of people who develop software professionally is different. As a computer programmer, I need money, I need people to buy the software I write. This is VERY difficult on Mac/Linux, and not just because of the smaller user base, but because enterprise-level development is extremely hard on alternative OS platforms. The only option I see, in this case, is using Java, but regrettably my personal IT specialization prevents the use of Java, period. And since there is no .NET equivalent on Linux/Mac/UNIX, I am forced to use Windows, because I know that as a result I will produce a better product that the industry will pay good money for.

    What everyone fails to realize, almost en masse judging by the amount of piracy on the internet, is that software developers need money too, that they take pride in their work and want to be handsomely rewarded for it. And as a result, they have to seek it in places where it can be found, i.e. in commercial development under the Windows operating system.

  2. That was a great article, and I know that it has resulted in at least a few people experimenting with Linux, myself being one of them.

    I’m using Puppy Linuz on a live CD as I type this. My plan is to do a multisession burn onto a DVD-RW (have to get some first) so that I can boot and run the OS and save files to the DVD using only the disc and RAM. I also have Ubuntu which I’ll install sooner or later.

    BTW, I referred to your article in a recent entry on my blog.

  3. Carlton,
    Just wanted to mention that your article may have been the “tipping point” (I’m one of the people who Freeman mentions) for my recent switch from XP to Linux (I’m going with Ubuntu until I feel I can take off the training wheels – currently using Edgy).

    I had been leaning towards switching (or at least trying) for some time, but it was specifically this comment that helped me get up the courage to do it:

    Despite what you may guess, I am not a computer geek. The only programming class I had was one long forgotten FORTRAN class in college, and until a few weeks ago, I had never tried Linux. I’ve still never tried an Apple. I can provide a fair opinion of Linux from a non-techie whose only experience is Microsoft systems dating back to DOS 5.0. My first experiment with open source software was Firefox for Windows for the past two years.

    I was more or less in the same position (except the only long-forgotten language I ever learned was BASIC, and I also learned some V-Basic). So, I figured if you could do it, then I could make the switch too.

    In other words, thanks for the great article and the nudge in the direction of emancipating myself!

  4. That’s great. I’m waiting to do a higher level of conversion till Linux Mint 2.2 and PCLinuxOS 2007 make final release. Then when the game Oblivion works well on Linux, I know I’ll be at the point where I shouldn’t need XP for anything, though I can always keep a partition with XP.


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